Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer
Friday, May 22, 2020 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Diego – As dine-in restaurants and in-store retail begin to reopen across the City of San Diego, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by San Diego Police Department Chief David Nisleit and San Diego Fire-Rescue Lifeguard Chief James Gartland to remind San Diegans of the importance of complying with physical distancing, face covering, and other public health rules to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Let’s support local workers and restaurants not only by giving them our business but by following public health rules that keep all of us safe,” Mayor Faulconer said. “We’ve all worked so hard, so let’s enjoy our progress but not give up the gains we’ve made. Whether you’re on the sand or at a shop this weekend, stay classy out there San Diego.”
Following a letter sent by Mayor Faulconer and Board of Supervisors Chairman Greg Cox on May 11, on Monday the Governor modified county variance criteria and on Wednesday approved San Diego County’s request to proceed with modified onsite dining. While dine-in restaurants and in-store retail have been given the ability to reopen in San Diego, they must follow specific guidelines. All businesses planning to re-open must complete a safe reopening plan and post it at their entrance in addition to discussing the plan with their employees.
“We need the public’s help and compliance,” said Chief Nisleit. “We need to continue practicing physical distancing and wearing face coverings because this gives us the best chance to continue moving forward towards reopening in a safe and responsible way.”
The guidelines for dine-in restaurants include:
The guidelines for in-store retail includes:
San Diego lifeguards will educate beachgoers about the following rules:
“We want all San Diegans and visitors to enjoy our beaches,” said Fire-Rescue Lifeguard Chief James Gartland. “However, the public health rules that are in place must be followed this weekend. We expect a lot of visitors and will work closely with our partners at San Diego Police Department to make sure everyone stays safe.”
More information on the State of California “Stay At Home” order, including what’s closed, what’s open and which industries are exempted by the state can be found on the California Covid-19 response website.
For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from the County of San Diego public health officials, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.
For the latest City operational updates and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.